Forgiveness is perhaps the most difficult and challenging thing that we can do to go beyond ourselves when we are so fixated on our problems, our needs and our demands.
Giving of ourselves provides huge benefits to us as well as our recipients, making us healthier in both mind and body. Indeed, it can actually change our brains, rejuvenating broken connections and building new ones.
Here are 13 ways that giving can help you receive more.
Words matter. We should give thanks, of course, but that's different. Those are words, hopefully heartfelt. We should practice acts of gratitude, not just hollow attitudes of gratitude.
In fact, volunteering one's time, service and expertise is on the rise among all age groups. For many, it's an integral part of their lives, an expression of their core values.
Give back. Strengthening the lives of individuals in our communities is the way out. Inspiring others to do more opens up a life of collaboration and meaning.
I see love as a verb. For me, that means making sure my actions match not only my intentions but also, to the best of my ability, what I say.
The rise of the common good is both a necessary path for survival and security on an interdependent planet and the path towards personal psychological health, success and well being in this new world era.
The disability label, like any other label, keeps people in a box and robs them of opportunities that we able bodied people claim as our right.
Even in the darkest places, it is possible to find freedom: freedom from fear, freedom from negativity, freedom from aggression and brutality.
Generosity is intrinsic to the overall success of social networks, yet its role in your network presence plan may not be clear.
The very rich are being hit up more than usual, and for the rest of us, it's easy to feel that our small donations won't really help in the bigger picture.
I wrote a newspaper column for 15 years. My most popular column was entitled "Four words that could change the world." Those four words? Tell me your story.
We seem to have devolved to a nation of six-year-olds, all too willing to get on the floor, the stage or the TV program, wailing and flailing as though that were going to fix anything.
Of all the myths about homelessness, I feel that this myth indicates the least understanding about the situation in which homeless people find themselves.
Perhaps in 20 years global citizens or political leaders will be able to relate to each other with just a little more ease because of the sense of connectivity among many young people today.